A beautiful young woman walks a long road with no memory of
who she is. After a run-in with a lorry driver, she finds
herself on a beach and, on impulse, swims out to a yacht owned
by a millionaire. She is discovered after they set sail, and
befriended by a psychiatrist colleague of the millionaire.
It turns out that Carol is being possessed by the spirit of
Ayesha, the wicked and powerful queen of a hidden city from
a bygone age, called Kuma. When the millionaire dies from
a heart attack, the others make for a port in North Africa
to report events. Carol is used to people near her getting
hurt so she leaves. The psychiatrist has fallen for Carol
and, with the help of the skipper, searches for her. They
are drawn to Kuma where Ayesha's immortal ex-lover plans to
make her live again in Carol...
dear. After so many excellent offerings recently from the
archives of Hammer Productions, The Vengeance of She from
1967 lets the side down badly. It's almost as if two bob was
left over from that year's budget; everything looks cheap.
Who chose Olinka Berova for the main part? She can't act for
toffee. Yes, she's attractive, but so are all the handmaidens
and they don't try to pretend they're thespians.
must mention the music, because it's one of the worst scores
I've ever heard. There's no feeling for light and shade, or
when silence itself is golden. Here we have a sleazy saxophone
beat us over the head with the same looped melody until thoughts
of sticking your head down the toilet and flushing become
a tempting diversion. Eventually, when that recording has
worn itself out, another one emerges and the brainwashing
begins all over again.
could go on, and mention that few of the characters act naturally
to certain events (even Carol frees herself from an Arab's
bonds and rather than taking his available horse, flees in
the opposite direction), but suffice to say that this sequel
to the 1965 Ursula Andress film She is slow and contains no
tension. I think we'll just pretend this one didn't happen.
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